Women Only Trains – Japanese Public Transport Solution on Tokyo Metro

Women Only Trains – A Solution To Potential Groping

If you’re ever cruising around on the Tokyo Metro System, you might notice a sign like this about Women Only Trains. I spotted this interesting sign on a G Adventures trip to Japan.

Women Only Trains - Japanese Public Transport Solution Tokyo Metro

Like most signs around the world, including your home country, there is always a reasoning for their construction and display for public view. Some of these gems include the Be Nice To Health Workers Sign, the No Corpses Allowed at a Locker, No Durians in Singapore and Cultural Awareness in Thailand!

And sometimes, that reasoning is justified, or often it’s really bizarre!

Women Only Trains – The Reasoning

You might think having a Women Only Train (or carriage to be more precise) is a bit unusual, but there is a good reason for this. The vast majority of Japanese people are awesome, polite individuals,  but like in any society, there are going to be a few idiots who spoil things for the rest of us.

As Tokyo is a massive city of over 20 million people, their mass transit systems, whilst working very efficiently, can be quite packed at some times of the day – which means this gives unsavoury groper types the temptation to move their hands to inappropriate body parts when you are jam packed in a train carriage like sardines. In fact, being place in a sardine tin might actually be spacious in comparison!

As an example, the world’s busiest train station at Shinjuku handles 3 to 4 million people per day. That means that a lot of crammed subway carriages at peak hour with lots of bodies pressed up against each other.

Hence, the Women Only Trains at peak times. Strange, but true.

More Women Only Train Stuff

For more Japanese Rail stuff, check out Japan by Rail.

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  1. Trainspotter Trainspotter
    September 16, 2012    

    Wow, interesting concept. But one that was needed most likely

  2. September 18, 2012    

    wow..the women only concept for trains is really interesting and funny. It will be a real thing to get started in a country like Japan, but am not sure how this concept will fare in other countries.

  3. Coco Marie Coco Marie
    October 20, 2012    

    I appreciate this. I can’t tell you how many times I have been groped in crowded Paris metros. Note to creepers: women can tell the difference between it being crowded and you cupping her ass! Thanks for the article Travel Tart! :)

    • October 20, 2012    

      Ha ha, thanks for the tip! 😉 I’ve been on the Paris Metro. Not the world’s friendliest, let me tell you!

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